There are many ways to improve people’s lives. So many not-for-profit organisations around the world focus on improving people’s lives by protecting our environment, defending human rights, providing social services, fighting for social justice and economic fairness. As a true millennial I thought for many years that the only way to feel fulfilled in my career was to have a strong purpose in my everyday work. So I started my career working in the not-for-profit sector, seeing these organisations as the only workplaces where I could make a difference.

However, it’s been exactly a year since I joined Tigerspike. It was a scary move to leave my beloved not-for-profit sector for a private company. I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I looked back a few times and questioned my decision a lot. But I also discovered a whole new way to improve people’s lives: technology.

Today, around 70% of the world’s population own a smartphone. That means that new technologies such as AR, AI and Blockchain are able to provide information, tools and support anytime, anywhere.

Creating digital products that improve people’s lives is something that’s embedded in our everyday work at Tigerspike. Across our global offices, we run something called  ‘Innovation Day’ where we dedicate an entire day to exploring new ideas, technologies and generally how we can improve lives with technology. Last month, Tigerspike Sydney dedicated its day to social and environmental causes. The team of 65 sat down around two briefs:

  1. How might we improve our environmental awareness and responsibility?
  2. How can we harness modern technologies to improve the fitness and wellbeing of the Australian population?

It only took a few hours to come up with research, design and proofs of concepts. In just a day we had two prototypes for each brief.

The proofs of concepts were simple mobile applications using Augmented Reality and the principles of gamification to engage and educate the users on the importance of:

  1. Waste management and recycling (first brief); and
  2. Making healthier food choices to create long-term healthy habits (second brief).

The first app incentivises individuals and communities to contribute to positive environmental change. The second aims at reducing the percentage of obese individuals by increasing health literacy and supporting the creation of better eating habits.

These are two examples of what we can achieve at Tigerspike. There have been many other projects that have already made a significant positive impact on people’s lives, such as our pro-bono work with Youth off the Streets,  which is an organisation supporting disadvantaged young people as they work to turn their lives around.

So after just a year in my new role, I’m no longer looking back and can safely say that it’s the great people, the career opportunities and the purpose of the company that make me stay.

If you want to hear more about what we do or if you want to work at Tigerspike, feel free to reach out to us at or check out our latest opportunities here. We’re looking for talented Software Engineers, UI and UX Designers, Project Managers and Business Development Managers all around the world so apply today!

Words: Aline Van Koninckxloo, Talent and HR Manager, APAC, Tigerspike Sydney

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